ARTISTS AND BIRDS

"The Dinner Table"

Ferruginous Hawk

ferruginous hawk       My Honey’s father was known to say, “It would be nice to have at least one meal where someone didn’t spill milk all over the table.” At his house there were always five or more kids sitting around the dinner table trying to see whose food was the first to meet the tablecloth. Phones would ring whenever food was served hot and ready to eat. All kinds of distractions. Almost like gremlins were waiting to make dinnertime, disaster time.

        This doesn’t happen just to people, it happens to birds as well. On one of our Audubon Field Trips we were driving, following our Leader, when he pulled over and stopped. About twenty feet off the ground, right over the road was a beautiful hawk making tight turns and calling sharp, biting sounds that cut through the air. The call which strikes terror into the hearts of its prey! Then we saw on a telephone pole next to the road, another hawk trying to consume some kind of furry animal at his dinner table. The hawk on the telephone pole, hoping to eat in peace, cried calls of anger back, over its disturbed meal, but with no effect. It was like watching two children fight over the last piece of cake. Neither enjoying the meal, because of the argument. These were Ferruginous Hawks.

        Ferruginous Hawks have two color forms. The light morph birds are rusty brown on the upper parts and pale on the head, neck, and underparts. The dark morph birds are dark brown on both upper parts and underparts with light areas on the upper and lower wings. Confusing? That’s why it’s best to have a specialist along to help with identification. Field trips are fun and are a time for learning all about birds in the outdoors. Ferruginous Hawks are friends of man. They are one of Nature’s rodent control methods. A bird of the western United States commonly seen in areas where rodents are plentiful. The light morph has been seen in Washington Fields and the dark morph seen west of Cedar City.

        Artist Brenda Rusnell gives an up close view of the varying color of the Ferruginous Hawk. Brenda will be teaching Art Classes for ICL beginning in September. Her specialty is color pencil. If you have questions about birds or the Red Cliffs Audubon activities, call 435 673-0996. September 14 will be our next get-together. A Pot Luck Dinner with a promise of no squabbling at the dinner table. Come enjoy an evening with great people who are planning a specular year for birding.




Past Articles

"Cold Days and Good Memories"  (White Pelican) 
"Where's Sherlock Holmes When You Need Him?" (YB Cuckoo)
"Tale of Four Birders"  (Western Scrub Jay)
"East Zion Continued" (Golden-crowned Kinglet),
  Vermilion Flycatcher
"Aerial Wolves" (Sharp-shinned Hawk)
"From Clown School to Pond" (Ruddy Duck)
"Shades of Red" Red-tailed Hawk
"Predatory Songbird" (Northern Shrike)
"The Cagey Killdeer"
"A True Bird Story" (Willet)
"A Song to Remember" (Hermit Thrush)
"To Catch a Fish..." (Green Heron aka Green-backed Heron)
"No Spring Cleaning" (Brown-headed Cowbird)
"Look-alikes Galore" (Sage Sparrow)
"A Jazzy Singer" (Cassin's Finch)
"Salute the Coot" (American Coot)
"Put a Smile on Your Face" (Greater Roadrunner)
"The Tale of Fred and Ethel" (Mallard)
"A Flutter of Sparrows" (Clay-colored Sparrow)
"A Sight to Remember" (Blue-gray gnatcatcher)
"About Night Life" (Northern Saw-whet Owl)
"Black and White and Smart All Over" (BB Magpie)
"Dressed for Dinner... of Fine Wines and Bugs" (RN Sapsucker)
"A Life List" (Painted Redstart)
"Bird-Brained" (Flammulated Owl)
"Needle in a Haystack" (White-throated Sparrow)
"Booby Trap Nest" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"The Crowd Pleaser" (Western Tanager)
"Seeds and Civilization" (American Tree Sparrow)
"A Childhood Treasure" (Black-headed Grosbeak)
"Those Itchy Red Bumps" (Cliff Swallow)
"Is There a Bee in Your Bonnet" (Utah bees)
"Where's My Winter Coat" (Great-tailed Grackle)
"Ice Age Tree Planter" (Blue Jay)
"An Uncommon Beauty" (Black-and-white Warbler)
"What's In a Name" (American Redstart)
"When the Cold Winds Blow" (Western Grebe)
"A National Beauty" (Bald Eagle)

"Feathered Tiger" (Cooper's Hawk)
"The Accomplished Carpenter" (Acorn Woodpecker)
"Jewels" (Evening Grosbeak)
"Observations on the Road" (Rock Pigeon)
"A Leftover Memory" (California Gull)
"Lifelong Dreams" (Greater Roadrunner)
"Who's in Your Yard"  (House Wren)
"A Touch of Blue" (Mountain Bluebirds)
"Fur and Feathers" (Spotted Owl)
"Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" (Mountain Chickadee)
"In Search of" (Red-breasted Nuthatch)
"Wanderlust" (Canada Goose)
"Einstein Birds" (American Crow)
"What Spring Brings" (American Wigeon)
"Magnificent and Adaptable" (Golden Eagle)
"The Lonliest Sound" (Common Loon)
"When a Rare One Shows" (Thayer's Gull)
"Bird of the Ocean Shores" (Brown Pelican)
"A Mature Forest" (Northern Goshawk)
"When Black Eyes are Cool" (Short-eared Owl)
"Spring Is Busting Out All Over" (American Robin)
"Acrobatic Survivor" (Common Raven)
"Are You Ready For Hummers?" (Calliope HBird)
"Poppies, Rock Wren, and a Trip in Time" (Rock Wren)

"What’s On Tonaquint Pond?" (Baby Mallard Ducks)
"Definitely Not High-Uintah Parrots" (Pine Grosbeak)
"Before Radio, Records, and Hi-Fi" (N. Mockingbird)
"Bloomington Hills Drive Pond" (Birds of Southern Utah)
"Marks of Identification" (Northern Harrier)
"Nature’s Fighter Plane" (Common Nighthawk)
"King of the Western Skies" (California Condor)
"Are Bugs On Your Diet?" Ash-throated Flycatcher
"Warblers with Cavities" Lucy's Warbler
"Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner" Steller's Jay
"Life Bird List" Indigo Bunting
"Valley of Ghosts" Burned habitat
"One Raven is a Good Omen" Raven
"Way-Cool Bird" Cassin's Kingbird
"What a Song Will Do" Virginia Rail
"Surprise at Kolob"  Chestnut-backed Chickadee
"Hatches and Hatches" Mourning Dove babies
"Power Lines and Fence Posts" American Kestrel
"Pump-er-Lunk, Pump-er-Lunk" American Bittern
"What's a Chukar" Chukar
"A Jacket in The Morning" Oregon Junco
 "Silhouettes in the Sky" Turkey Vulture

"The Sound of Fall" White-crowned Sparrow
"Where Birds Hang Out" Ruby-crowned Kinglet
"Just Desserts" Canvasback Duck
"Reasons to Visit Zion" Wild Turkey


"Disappearing Act" Sage Sparrow
"A Favorite Bird of the UK" English Robin
"The Christmas Card Bird" Black-capped Chickadee
"Warm Slippers" Rough-legged Hawk

"Beautiful, But Strange" Northern Shoveler
"Live Christmas Tree Ornaments" Scrub Jay
"Red and Black and ..." Vermilion Flycatcher
"Bird Songs" Birds at the feeder

"Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" Ovenbird
"Raptors and Bird Feeders"
"Who’s Who in Winter" Abert's Towhee
"The Original Centerfold Model" Eastern bluebird

"What This ‘Look-Alike’ Looks Like" Pine Siskin
"To Shine a Light on a Name" Cedar Waxwing
"Find a Ladder-backed WP" Ladder-backed WP
"The Price of Bird Seed" Lesser Goldfinch
"Our Juniper Trees" Townsend's Solitaire
"Bird Friendly Backyard" Lazuli Bunting
"What’s in a Lek?"
Sage Grouse
"The Dueling Doves" M. Dove - Collared-Dove
"Frozen Dinners" Turkey Vulture
"Stop, Sit, Listen & Watch" Common Yellowthroat
"The Night Hunter" Black-crowned Night-Heron

"Window Peekers" Hummingbirds
"When Food’s Free" Bullock's Oriole
 "Here To Stay!" House Sparrow
"Wild Places" Black-throated Sparrow
"Weird Spring - Many Birds" Western Tanager
"A Little Bird Watching" baby bird watching
"Stripes, Streaks, Bills, Crowns, and Colors"  Lark Sparrow
"Hoping for Perfect"
Gray Catbird
"Home Sweet Home???" Horned Lark
"Ah, the Western Bluebird!"
"The 'Under Cover" Bird" Green-tailed Towhee>
"A Shady Patio"Juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk
"Quail Talk" Gambel's Quail
"Flight of Dragonflies"
  Ruffed Grouse/Rattlesnake
"Bird Feathers"
"Protective Coloration" Pigeons
"The Agile Scavenger" Common Raven
"Where Have All The Pheasants Gone?"
"Black is Beautiful!" Common Black Hawk

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"The Ugly Duckling" Mute Swan
"What Birders Do" Magnificent Hummingbird
"The Magic of October" Double-crested Cormorant
"A Gibberish Conversation" Great-tailed Grackle
"Black Things - Flying" American Coot
"Flying Fortress White Pelican
  "What is a CBC?" Golden-crowned Sparrow
"Is That a Wild Canary?" Yellow Warbler
"A Tale of a Great Blue Heron
" Great Blue Heron
"Better To Wait For Breakfast..." Merlin
"This Was The Place" Red-winged Blackbirds
"Just To Be Noticed" Pied-billed Grebe
"Crash Landing" Eared Grebe
"Where’s It Gonna Show Next?" Anna's Hummingbird
"Become a Junior Birder"
"Seen Any UFOs???"
"Feathered Treasures"
"The Long Way Home" Northern Harrier

"Mr. Lonesome" Greater Roadrunner
"Four of a Kind" Black-crowned Night Heron
"Winter Colors" American Goldfinch

"Black Snow" European Starling
"Looking Way Good" Belted Kingfisher
"To Fill A Niche" Black-billed Magpie
"Worth Every Cent" Backyard Chickens
"Wet and Bedraggled Pigeon..." Cooper's Hawk
"Why Don't We?" Northern Cardinal
"Rarely, but Possible" Harris's Sparrow
"A Lucky Fluke" Yellow-headed Blackbird
"What Spring Will Bring" Willow Flycatcher
"To Venture Outdoors"  Sharp-shinned Hawk
"St. George at its Finest!" Canyon Wren
"A Suitable Nest" Vermilion Flycatcher
"Stuck in Dixie"  Tree Swallow
"Time to Visit Zion" Blue Grosbeak
"Call From the Wild" Bullock's Oriole nest
"Apple Valley Babies"Western Scrub Jays
"The Fading Song Act" Cactus Wren
"To Win the Ladies"
Northern Mockingbird
"Color is Significant to a Flicker" Northern Flicker
"King of Bunker Hill" Gambel's Quail



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